Archive for April, 2016

I’m dropping out, how do I get back to HQ?

At the Montane Lakeland 50 & 100, we are one of the few events who offer a transport service to get you back to HQ if you should pull out. The planning of such a transport rota is a major cost for this event and is a huge logistical challenge as many checkpoint are a 4 hour round trip from HQ. You should study this timetable and ensure that you are fully aware when and where you can pull out and how you can get back. Before we go any further there are some simple things you need to understand:

1. This rota is a huge challenge for us and the transport providers, please appreciate that in most other events, you would be expected to find your own way back.

2. With that in mind, NEVER complain to checkpoint staff if you are there longer than expected and you want to be transported home more quickly.

3. The emergency kit in these situations will prove vital. If you are wet and tired and have to wait several hours for transportation, dry clothing will be priceless. Get changed, stay warm, have a nap and expect a long wait in some cases.

4. If you drop out and you are not considered a severe medical emergency, you are no longer our priority. Our priority is those people who are still trying to reach the finish. With that in mind, stay out of the checkpoint, make space for those still competing and do not get in the way of the checkpoint staff who are trying to support. If you are able, offer your help to the CP staff to see if they need extra help, if not, stay out of the way and let them do their job.

5. These are estimated times and all planned journeys are flexible to deal with circumstances which may occur during the event.

Montane Lakeland 100 Course Only

CP1: Seathwaite

No pick up from here, it’s 10k into the course, if you drop out here and it’s not a serious medical emergency, you really need to be having a serious word with yourself.

CP2: Boot

Minibus leaving Boot at 11:00pm which will then continue to Wasdale arriving 12:00 midnight. If you drop out here and do not have serious medical problem, see comment above.

CP3: Wasdale

Minibus leaving Wasdale at 00:45 and arriving back at Coniston with drop outs from Boot and Wasdale at 02:45am. Do not be confused by Stroller Disco 60’s party and do not get comfy. Step away from the bus and step towards Blacksail Pass.

CP4: Buttermere

Minibus leaving 04:30am and arriving back at Coniston 06:00. Minibus will call at Braithwaite and Blencathra en route to Coniston if required. IMPORTANT – there is a cut off here, make sure you beat the clock. If you’re late, not only are you out, but you won’t get a hot dog and milkshake at the American Diner.

CP5: Braithwaite

Minibus will call 05:00am en route to Coniston arriving 06:30am. Coach will pick up 06:00am en route to Coniston arriving at Coniston 07:30am. You will get no sympathy from Tony and Giselle who manage this CP, so don’t waste your breath.

CP6: Blencathra

Minibus will call 05:20am en route to Coniston arriving 06:30am. Coach will pick up 06:20am en route to Coniston arriving 07:30am. Coach will pick up 07:20am en route to Coniston arriving 08:30am. CP is managed by Little Dave and the Hacienda crew. You’re not hallucinating yet, he is ‘actually’ dancing in a pink tutu. *Coach will pick up from Blencathra 09:30am and transport competitors to Dalemain, arriving 10:30am, you will stay at Dalemain until 13:30pm to be transported back to Coniston 14:30pm – LONG WAIT.

CP7: Dockray

Coach will call 12:30pm and transport to Dalemain for 13:00pm. coach will then leave Dalemain 13:30pm and transport back to Coniston 14:30pm. If you’re searching for motivation, you won’t find it here. You’ll probably not want to stay here anyhow as you won’t want to spend more than 10 minutes with CP manager Dave Ralphs.

CP8: Dalemain

Coach will leave 13:30pm and transport back to Coniston 14:30pm. Second coach will leave Dalemain 16:30pm, calling at Howtown 17:00pm (if required). Coach will stay at Howtown until 18:00pm then continuing to Coniston to arrive 19:45pm. There’s hot food, pick and mix and a place to lie down here. There’s also a warm bus waiting to take you back to Coniston if you have FAILED.

Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Course

CP1/9: Howtown

Single coach leaving 18:00pm arriving Coniston 19:45. Runners in the 100, if you’re going to stop, do so here and don’t set off for Mardale. Runners in the 50, if you drop here without a serious medical emergency, serious questions need to be asked and you’ll most probably be rounded up and chased out of How-town by cowboy Tim.

CP2/10: Mardale Head – CRITICAL – IF IT’S LIKELY YOU WILL DROP OUT AT MARDALE HEAD, DON’T LEAVE HOWTOWN. A coach will arrive 11:00am and this coach will not leave until 5:00pm. A second coach will remain until 22:30pm, arriving back at Coniston 00:30am. IMPORTANT – If you drop out at Mardale, you may have to wait 10 hours to be transported back. Remember this when deciding whether to continue, whether to stop and at which checkpoint you do so.

CP3/11: Kentmere

Minibus leaving 16:30pm and arriving back at Coniston 18:00pm, calling at Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. Further minibus leaving 21:30pm and 01:00am to arrive back at Coniston 23:00pm and 02:30am, calling at Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. Feeling a bit tired here? My heart bleeds…

CP4/12: Ambleside

Minibus leaving 17:00pm and arriving back at Coniston 18:00pm, calling at Langdale and Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. Further minibus leaving 22:00pm and 01:30am to arrive back at Coniston 23:00pm and 02:30am, calling at Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. If you make it to Ambleside circus, you have broken the back of both routes. If you consider dropping out, you probably just need a slap across your flapjack filled face. Remember when whining that you entered the event, nobody forced you to.

CP5/13: Langdale / Chapel Stile

Minibus leaving 17:30pm and arriving back at Coniston 18:00pm, calling at Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. Further minibus leaving 22:30pm and 02:00am to arrive back at Coniston 23:00pm and 02:30am, calling at Tilberthwaite as required en route to Coniston. It’ll be very comfy here, with sofas and log stoves under the stars. Get up… get a grip… get moving.

CP6/14: Tilberthwaite

Minibus leaving 17:45pm and arriving back at Coniston 18:00pm. Further minibus leaving 22:45pm and 02:15am to arrive back at Coniston 23:00pm and 02:30am. Earlier shuttles to be arranged as required due to close proximity. If you ask to drop out at Tilberthwaite, you should be ashamed of yourself. Get your sorry backside up the stone steps and onwards to glory. Lakeland legends do not drop out at Tilberthwaite.

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Lakeland Recce Weekend 4, Dalemain to Ambleside, May 28th & 29th 2016

Recce Weekend 4 cover the course from Dalemain to Ambleside May 28th & 29th. Guest talks will be in Ambleside on Saturday 28th and you should look to find accommodation in the Ambleside area for Saturday. The specific times and details are as follows:

Saturday 28th May

Guest talks / social, Saturday evening

For Saturday evening presentation, arrive 6:30pm for 7:00pm start. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be free on the evening, feel free to bring your own food and drink along with you. Any voluntary donations for tea/coffee will be given to charity. The location of the guest talks is the Parish Hall, Ambleside, LA22 9DH. For Google Map location GO HERE. There will be a register at the door as you arrive, if you are bringing family/friends/guests who have not paid to join the recce, we ask that they donate £5 to charity in return for the guest talks and refreshments, this is paid at the door.

Sports psychology lecturer Dr Ian Boardley will be the guest speaker on the evening. Ian has completed the Lakeland 100 multiple times and has a real interest in sports psychology and ultra running. Whether you’re in the 50 or the 100, he’ll have some valuable insights for you!

Marc Laithwaite is one of the event organisers. He’ll be doing a short presentation titled ‘the organiser’s perspective’, which will outline the event ‘from the other side’. The presentation will draw on the experiences of previous events and cover topics such as ‘why people drop out’ and ‘what to expect on race weekend’.

Sunday 29th

The coaches will pick up from Compston Rd, opposite Zeffirellis Restaurant. To see the location GO HERE. The coaches will leave at 7:30am, please be there 7:15am at latest. The coaches will drop off at Pooley Bridge as opposed to Dalemain which shortens the course for the day slightly by missing a flat section across fields. If for any reason you intend to go direct to Pooley Bridge, please meet close to public toilets in centre of village, coach will arrive approximately 8:15am. You will need to locate Terry and add your name to the list of those running.

There are 4 checkpoints on this section during race day, only 3 of these will be manned for the recce:

1. Howtown (not manned)
2. Mardale (manned)
3. Kentmere (manned)
4. Ambleside (finish) – THE CHECKPOINT IS PARISH HALL

*Based on the above, we suggest that you do not descend the hill to Howtown checkpoint but continue to Mardale (On race day to reach Howtown you have to descend a steep hill for 800m, then retrace your steps back to the route).

We will have a list of all runners and walkers on the course and you must ensure that the person at Mardale and Kentmere checkpoints knows you have passed through. Basic refreshments will be available (water/biscuits or similar) but please carry anything specific you wish to eat and drink.

At the finish (Ambleside Parish Hall) you are required to ‘sign in’. PLEASE ENSURE YOU VISIT THIS CHECKPOINT and don’t return direct to your car.

Other things to consider

Bring map, roadbook and GPS if available, it is your responsibility to do the preparation beforehand and be ready to go. We will not have maps, roadbooks or any GPS assistance on the day. You must also bring full kit, the recce provides the perfect opportunity to test any equipment. TheEnduranceStore will be there on Saturday evening, if you need anything in advance they will bring and deliver to you. Email or go to

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Kit Check and Carrying Emergency Provisions

At event registration, you will be required to carry the selection of compulsory kit. It’s important for everyone to understand the requirements prior to the weekend as without all of the items, you will not be allowed to start.

Before we go any further, there are a few simple rules which may well help to answer your questions:

1. All runners must carry all kit, this relates not just to solo runners but to everyone running as a pair or team of 3.
2. There are no exceptions to rule 1 under any circumstances.
3. Please don’t try and be clever to ‘beat the system’. Bring the items on the list below and save yourself the hassle, if you try to be clever, you will fail.
4. Never, under any circumstances should you ask “is this really necessary to carry all this stuff?” If you’re asking the question, it’s due to lack of experience. We know what we’re doing, so please trust our judgement and accept our rules.
5. Do we actually check at the finish? Yes… all prize winners are checked and there is a random check of finishers throughout the event.
6. Don’t email or contact us to discuss the purpose, rights and wrongs of this kit list, it isn’t up for discussion. Save your energy and just turn up with the right stuff on the day.

Here goes…

1. First aid kit to include: blister plasters, dressings, bandages and tape to secure dressing as a minimum requirement. We also recommend Vaseline, ibuprofen, paracetamol and antihistamine. Please don’t email to ask the numbers and sizes of plasters, use your common sense and take responsibility for making these decisions.

2. Full WATERPROOF body cover, top and bottom. Windproof or water resistant is not sufficient, your clothing must must be waterproof with taped seams. Plastic jackets, ponchos or plastic bags will not be accepted. Garments must be a good quality and recognised as fully waterproof. A hood is advised, but not compulsory as you will be carrying a hat during the event – note that hoods are compulsory for a lot of other mountain races. If you are intending to purchase a waterproof jacket for this event, get yourself one with a hood, so ensure it’s accepted at all other events you may enter. Please do not email us asking whether your jacket and trousers are waterproof, speak to the people you bought it from or contact the manufacturer.

3. Spare base layer top and bottom – must be full length bottoms & long sleeve top. For clarity, three quarter tights or cycling shorts combined with long socks are not acceptable. Short sleeve tops are also not acceptable. Leg warmers or arm warmers with shorts or short sleeve tops are not acceptable. The rule is very simple, bring a spare base layer, full length, top and bottom.

IMPORTANT: Seal the spare base layers in a watertight/plastic bag and leave them at the bottom of your pack. The spare base layers should not be worn at any time during the event unless you are faced with a race ending emergency. If poor weather and a drop in temperature lead to you using emergency base layers, then you have not packed enough spare clothing. NOTE – the emergency clothing is not ‘in case you get cold and wet’, you should have a second spare set to deal with such as issue.

4. Head torch / spare batteries if required to last one or two nights depending upon your race distance. Please don’t bring a cheap torch with old batteries which cuts out after 20 minutes leaving you stumbling around in the darkness, with your iphone as your only means of spotting the large rock you are about to fall over.

5. Mobile phone fully charged. IMPORTANT – there is reception throughout the course (not in it’s entirety). If you are lost between checkpoints and identified by our live timing system as outstanding at a checkpoint, SWITCH YOUR PHONE ON, It is likely that we are trying to call you and you can call us using the numbers in your roadbook. To conserve battery life, please see point 4 in reference to head torch quality.

6. Whistle – If it’s built into the buckle on your pack, check it works VERY WELL. We will check the whistles at kit check if we’re in doubt. Should you find yourself in an emergency situation, a whistle can be used to attract attention. The recognised sign for help is 6 long blasts followed by 1 minute silence. Please don’t use this at checkpoints to attract the attention of helpers and request sugar for your tea.

7. Hat and gloves (BUFF or similar is acceptable as hat)

8. Emergency foil blanket or bivi bag, large enough to cover whole body. Don’t cut down your foil blanket, so it’s only big enough to roast a mouse, as an attempt to save weight and pack space.

9. Emergency food equivalent to 400kcal e.g. 2 mars bars. IMPORTANT: Seal the spare food in a plastic bag and leave them at the bottom of your pack. Do not eat the emergency food at any time during the event unless you are faced with a race ending emergency. If you eat your emergency food, you did not pack enough spare food. NOTE – the emergency food is not ‘in case you get hungry’, you should have extra, spare food to deal with such as issue. Don’t email and ask if you can carry Snickers instead of Mars and how many grams of Haribo equate to 400kcal, we will most likely cancel your entry.

10. Map (supplied at registration, waterproof and pre-marked) 1:40,000. Ideally, please learn how to use it beforehand. If you should spot someone at the start of the event holding the map upside down and looking in the opposite direction to the actual route, please notify your nearest marshal.

11. Road book (supplied at registration on waterproof paper). There is a copy on the website which you can download for familiarisation purposes.

12. Compass (you must know how to orientate a map using a compass and take a simple bearing to provide direction). IMPORTANT – bring actual compass. A compass on your phone or Garmin is not acceptable due to the risk of battery life running out.

If you need to purchase any items on this list, please contact The Endurance Store who will also be at the event throughout the weekend. They are involved in the organisation of Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 and can answer your questions better than anyone else.

See you at kit check!

Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Team

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